Don't Feel Like Working Out

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    Mar 07, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    Sometimes people just don't feel like working out. I've been going strong for like a year and half with almost every single day of my training plans met but then due to school I started to miss more and more days due to the huge amounts of work required to get done. Now I'm getting back into the gym full-time (just need to get more toned again really, didn't lose muscle or strength really) and well it's a rainy day, I'm dead tired from two nights in a row of barely any sleep (though it's the kind of tired where you can't sleep either icon_question.gif ) and I have to train tonight but I just don't feel it.

    My doctor once told me, after I pulled something during a midnight session (not one to sleep during the day and up during the night but I pushed myself to train that midnight) that if I don't feel it then I shouldn't train because if my mind isn't in it then my body won't be and that can lead to injuries or an overall poor gym performance.

    So what I was wondering is:
    Are there guys out there that train even when they don't feel it at all?

    What do you do if you don't feel like training after a crazy day?

    Advice on what to do to make yourself want to train on that day.
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    Mar 13, 2012 4:09 PM GMT
    I have lower back issues and training keeps me both vertical and flexible. Plus, as a former fattie, I appreciate the validation I get from hot young guys checking me out.

    There are lots of times I don't feel like training. The only times I don't train is if I have an injury I can't train around or I think it would be counterproductive, and by that I mean risking either injury or a car accident because I'm too tired. Otherwise I've never found training to be counterproductive, even when I don't feel like it, and I rarely miss a session. If I do have to miss a number of sessions I just watch what I eat more because it pays off - I recently took a week of bed rest and miss a second week of training for a back flareup unrelated to the gym and neither gained nor lost a pound, and when I returned to the gym last week I looked virtually unchanged, abs and all.
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    Mar 13, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    It's why I own pre-workout.
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    Mar 13, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    Are there guys out there that train even when they don't feel it at all?

    You bet. Everyone gets tired at the end of a busy day and doesn't feel like making it into the gym. While it can be fine, and even a good idea to take breaks/rest days, I find if you just stick to your routine and get in there, it all works out fine. You can scale/change your workout to make it more of an active rest day but I think a lot of people say they're "too tired" as an excuse to just not do it. Suck it up and get your work done.

    What do you do if you don't feel like training after a crazy day?

    I focus on two things: (1) how good it'll feel to shake off the dress of the day and work up a good sweat, and (2) how crappy I'll feel if I go home and be lazy and bored.

    Advice on what to do to make yourself want to train on that day.

    It's all about getting yourself into a routine and then sticking to it. It becomes a habit and you feel worse when you don't work out. Your body, subconsciously, looks forward to that part of your day. Also, it sounds corny, but make sure you're having fun doing whatever workout you're doing. Have a gym partner or play a sport. Don't let working out and being active become a chore.
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    Mar 13, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    MarkRoger said

    So what I was wondering is:
    Are there guys out there that train even when they don't feel it at all?

    What do you do if you don't feel like training after a crazy day?

    Advice on what to do to make yourself want to train on that day.


    1. Yes. Those are the days when I feel like I accomplish the most, because I told that voice in my head to suck it up 'cause we're going anyway. At my age, there are days when I listen to my body dial it back just a bit. But I made four commitments to myself when I started working out again and a consistent workout schedule is #2 ... right behind "one day at a time."

    2. Can't answer that one - I go at 6:15 in the morning. No crowds to fight and by 8 AM I am set for the day.

    3. Think of it in terms of how you will feel when you accomplish something you were earlier trying to talk yourself out of.

    That's all I got.
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    Mar 13, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
    Caffeine, is the great motivator...Just adjust the dose to get you there. Those pre work out drinks , with NO and caffeine, work even better. I don't always feel like training either..and it has to do with my energy level.....and caffeine, usually does the trick.
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    Mar 13, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    I think it varies from individual to individual. If a guy takes a day off once every six months because he isn't feeling it that day and then hits it hard the next day, that's fine. But for some guys, including myself more so lately, skipping a day makes it more likely you'll take another day off and then another to where you're skipping workouts all the time. So lately, I've been forcing myself to workout first thing in the morning and just doing it even if I don't feel like it that day and have to just go through the motions. Usually, once I start though, I'll get into it and start to push myself.
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    Mar 13, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidAre there guys out there that train even when they don't feel it at all?

    You bet. Everyone gets tired at the end of a busy day and doesn't feel like making it into the gym. While it can be fine, and even a good idea to take breaks/rest days, I find if you just stick to your routine and get in there, it all works out fine. You can scale/change your workout to make it more of an active rest day but I think a lot of people say they're "too tired" as an excuse to just not do it. Suck it up and get your work done.

    What do you do if you don't feel like training after a crazy day?

    I focus on two things: (1) how good it'll feel to shake off the dress of the day and work up a good sweat, and (2) how crappy I'll feel if I go home and be lazy and bored.

    Advice on what to do to make yourself want to train on that day.

    It's all about getting yourself into a routine and then sticking to it. It becomes a habit and you feel worse when you don't work out. Your body, subconsciously, looks forward to that part of your day. Also, it sounds corny, but make sure you're having fun doing whatever workout you're doing. Have a gym partner or play a sport. Don't let working out and being active become a chore.


    Agreed best advice above- Survey says....#1 answer thread closed!
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    Mar 13, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    Then don't.
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    Mar 13, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    Anytime I ever feel like not working out I look at photos I have on my phone or on my wall of the guys I want to look like and it always re-starts my motivation to hit the gym...a great pre-workout always helps too haha.
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    Mar 13, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    lol i am really lazy and i nevr wanna work out haha XD
    i only do it like 2 maybe 3 times a week XD
    but i don't think my body is that bad for being a lazy boy icon_razz.gif